Taiwan is swarming with locusts right now, and somebody has to catch them.

I went for a walk this morning in Taitung, and stumbled into the Lishu Recreational Area, a little park with the Shinto “Longfong Tower” and a nature walk called the “Liyushan Trail.” The sky was black with locusts buzzing everywhere, and I was recruited by a some local kids to help them catch the giant bugs. I followed the kids around the nature area and helped them catch the locusts (dead and alive) for a few hours. It’s great being a kid again!

Here’s a video of the day’s catch:

Aside from being able to count from one to ten, the kids didn’t speak any English, and aside from “ni hao,” I don’t speak any Chinese — but they were really, really good at sign language. We had no problems communicating at all. (Adults are so dependent on spoken language…we sure could learn a lot from kids.)

One kid in particular took me all over the park, and we caught lots of locusts, as well as moths and lizards. After an hour or so, we got to this cliff overlooking Taitung and we tossed the bugs high in the air, and watching them fly off.

Here are some other photos:

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Oh yeah, and we disregarded the clearly marked sign warning against collecting “specimen”…

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